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    Rieger organ of Kanta (Kezdivasarhely - Transylvania)

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    Almost all the inhabitants of Kézdivásárhely are Calvinist. Catholics lived only in the Kanta part of town, which was independent for a long time, but later annexed to Kézdivásárhely.

    The neo-Baroque church was built from 1722 to 1796. The furnishings and frescoes of the church are original.

    The first organ of the church was made by István Kolonits in 1865.  This organ has been in the church of Ozsdola since 1993.

    The present organ of the church was made by Otto Rieger (Opus no. 418) in 1894. The two-manual, mechanical, cone-controlled (mechanische Kegellade) organ was the property of the Saxon-Lutheran church in Kisbeszterce (Kleinbistritz). All the Saxons fled to Germany in the era of the Ceaușescu. The Saxon villages and towns were depopulated, the temples were empty. Saxon evangelists tried to save their values, so the furnishings of their churches were sold or handed over to the Transylvanian Hungarian churches. So this beautiful late-romantic Organ came to the Catholic church in Kanta in 1986.

    The organ is in a relatively good condition and most important: the original, special disposition is intact.

    The following friends helped me to make and publish the sample set (in alphabetical order)Dominique Dantand, Gérard Lefranc, Nagy István,  Jos Quist and Adrian Wheal. If something's done well, it's thanks to them. Thank you for their work.

    Kézdivásárhely (in Romanian: Târgu Secuiesc) in Covasna County, Transylvania . It is the easternmost town of the Carpathian Basin, with 19,000 inhabitants of which 17,000 Hungarians are native speakers.